I&B Secretary Amit Khare, an IAS officer of 1985 batch from Jharkhand cadre, has been given the additional charge of Secretary of Department of School Education and Literacy in Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD). The Department of Higher Education is in charge of secondary and post-secondary education. It is empowered to grant deemed university status to educational institutions on the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act of 1956.
India has been ranked 102nd out of 117 nations at the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI) that tracks hunger and malnutrition. The GHI is a peer-reviewed annual report, which is jointly published by Ireland’s Concern Worldwide and Germany’s Welthungerhilfe. It scores countries on a 100-point “severity scale”, where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst. With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious threat.
The World Food Day (WFD) is observed every year on 16th of October to mark the foundation of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. It is also a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. The 2019 theme is “Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A Zero Hunger World”.
On the occasion of 2019 World Food Day (WFD), the Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched Food Safety Mitra (FSM) scheme, Eat Right Jacket and Eat Right Jhola. A FSM is an individual professional certified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) who assists in compliances related to FSS Act, Rules & Regulations with three avatars- Digital Mitra, Trainer Mitra and Hygiene Mitra depending upon their respective roles and responsibilities. The Eat Right Smart Jacket has been introduced to giving an identity to FSSAI staff to ensure transparent inspection. It’s embedded with an RFID tag and QR code. It is linked to software to capture entry of inspection staff into premise for monitoring.
The ICICI Bank has launched a new Fixed Deposit (FD) scheme – FD Health that provides the customer a complimentary critical illness cover of Rs 1 lakh from ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company on opening an FD of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for tenure of at least two years. For investors in FD Health, ICICI Bank will offer the insurance cover free of cost for the first year and thereafter, they can renew it.
In West Bengal, the joint military exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) has started at Air Force Station – Arjan Singh in Panagarh town from October 17 to 23. The focus of the exercise will be to undertake Joint Mobility and Tactical (JMT) interoperability among the two forces.
The IIT Madras has collaborated with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) for research on energy and bio fuels. The 5-year joint-research agreement focuses on bio fuels, data analytics, gas conversion and transport, and is intended towards finding low-emission solutions.
The Global Hand washing Day (GHD) is observed every year on 15th of October to motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their hand washing habits. It is a global campaign to raise awareness of hand washing with soap as a key factor in disease prevention. The 2019 theme is ‘Clean Hands for All’.
The Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh government has decided to organize India’s first training and performance program of world famous KHON Ramlila. The artists will get training from experts of Thailand as part of cultural exchange program between two nations. Then, they will perform at Grand Deepotsav function which will be organized on 26th of October 2019 in Ayodhya. The KHON Ramlila of Thailand is included in the list of UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage and it’s a form of masked dance depicting the scenes of Ramlila. It has no dialogues and background voices narrate the whole story of Ramayana. KHON Ramlila’s performance is also a visual delight famous for its beautiful attire and golden masks
On 16th of October, the 17-year-old Mumbai teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal created history as he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a double century in 50-overs cricket including List A and ODIs. He scored 203 in 154 balls against Jharkhand in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy at Alur, Karnataka. His, scintillating innings helped Mumbai set a mammoth target of 359 for Jharkhand in the Elite Group A match.